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HL10182: Human physiology

[Page last updated: 13 August 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To familiarise the student with the major physiological systems in the human body, their integration and regulation, as the basis for the study of the effects of acute and chronic exposure to exercise on health and sports performance.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
* the structure and the function of the major physiological systems of the human body
* how the function of major organs and systems is integrated and regulated
* the roles and relevance of the major physiological systems to exercise physiology


* Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Intellectual skills (facilitated and assessed)
* Professional practical skills (taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Written communication (facilitated and assessed)
* Numeracy (facilitated and assessed)
* Data acquisition, handling, and analysis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
* Information technology (facilitated and assessed)

(1) Structure and function of the human body;
(2) Chemical composition of the body;
(3) Cell structure, intracellular organelles, and function;
(3) Membranes and movement of substances;
(4) Chemical signalling, protein binding sites and enzymes;
(5) The Nervous system;
(6) Muscle;
(7) The Cardiovascular system;
(8) The Respiratory system;
(9) The Immune system;
(10) The Kidneys;
(11) The digestive system and absorption of food;
(12) Nutrition and appetite regulation;
(13) Thermoregulation;
(14) Energy systems at rest and during exercise;
(15) Assessment of energy expenditure;
(16) The endocrine system: hormones and exercise;
(17) Brain, motor control, senses; (18) Hydration and environmental physiology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10182 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)